Saturday, December 31, 2011

The City have made eight places available for fireworks

Lauren Snyders
31 December 2011


The City of Cape Town has made eight sites available for the setting off of fireworks.

These sites have been made available for people who want to set off fires works.

Tonight between 9pm and 12am residents will be allowed to set off fire crackers bought as part of New Years Eve celebrations.

It says all residential areas will be patrolled in order to make sure people are not discharging crackers outside of the designated areas.

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Four males have been rescued

Lauren Snyders
31 December 2011


Four males have been rescued earlier today.

They embarked on a white river rafting trip on the Great River in East London.

Family members of the boys became worried when they did not return at the time they said they would yesterday.

The police and NSRI were then alerted.

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Zuma wants SA to make 2012 a year of unity

Lauren Snyders
31 December 2011


President Jacob Zuma has urged South Africans to make 2012 a year of unity.

He also wants citizens to join in celebrating the country's political heritage.

In his New Year’s message, Zuma says great strides have been made this year in improving healthcare, education, service delivery and fighting crime.

He also claims that the government created partnerships for job creation and made firm plans to improve infrastructure.

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Police warns zero tolerance for residents from Hilbrow

Lauren Snyders
31 December 2011


New Year’s Eve revellers can expect zero tolerance if they misbehave in Hillbrow tonight.

Police say enough is enough and they seemed to prepare for war as they prepared helicopters, armoured vehicles and special units to patrol the suburb.

In previous years a number of people out celebrating the coming of a new year have been injured by fridges and other furniture thrown from windows.

Thousands of immigrants from other African countries populate Hillbrow and the surrounding districts.

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Poor performance in mathematics

Anansa Jacobs
31 December 2011


Concern has been expressed around the poor performance in mathematics during the matriculation exams says Umalusi.

The results will be announced next week, but education spokeperson Sizwe Madizela says the council for quality assurance is satisfied by the results in general.

It is said that the results is valid, fair and credible.

For the 2011 matric exams, 620 000 had written. The final results will officially be announced next week.

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Asylum seeked by Serbian Assassin

Anansa Jacobs
31 December 2011

Serbian assassin Dobrosav Gavric will be spending New Years in prison.

He is wanted in his home Country Serbia for killing three people.

The Serbian assassin was sentenced to 35 years in jail for murdering Serbian officials and is in search of his extradition.

It has also surfaced that Gavric was driving underworld boss Cyril Beeka when he was killed in a Bellville hit in March.


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Missing boy search continues

Anansa Jacobs
31 December 2011


Tariq Jacobs, the toddler that went missing last Thursday in the Mitchell’s Plain Town Centre is still missing.

The toddler went missing in the crowded shopping centre with his mother.

Relatives, neighbours and officers have been searching for the boy since Thursday.

The family is pleading to the public to be on the look out for the toddler.Tariq was last seen wearing a blue striped t-shirt ,blue tracksuit pants and takkies.

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Killer mom case delayed

Andiswa Mkosi
31 December 2011


A Northern Cape mother accused of murdering her five children will apply for bail in January.

Venolia Siwa was arrested in Pampierstad for poisoning her children and then drowning them.

In October, authorities found the bodies in the family home.

The 35-year-old mother appeared in court where the matter was postponed.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Zuma wishes the nation a Prosperous New Year.

Andiswa Mkosi
30 November 2011


The President of South Africa Jacob Zuma took time to wish the nation a blessed fruitful 2012.

He mentioned that 2011 was a challenging and eventful year that represents another critical milestone as a young democratic nation.

Zuma further highlighted that our country moves forward towards a better life for all.

The president closed off by saying that “The Struggle for a better life continues and it needs all of us to work together united in our diversity”.

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Former President Mandela in good health.

Andiswa Mkosi
30 December 2011


Former president Nelson Mandela is in good health, the Presidency confirmed on Friday.

This was after rumours that he was readmitted to hospital.

It is said that Madiba is enjoying the festive season at his Qunu home in the Eastern Cape.

President Jacob Zuma's office wished Mandela a happy and successful 2012 on behalf of government and the people of South Africa.

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Fuel price drops accepted.

Andiswa Mkosi
30 December 2011


Economists have welcomed the Energy Department’s recent announcement of a petrol and diesel decrease next week.

The department said the petrol price would be dropping slightly with the price of the 93 grade of petrol decreasing by six cents.

One litre of 95 unleaded will cost five cents less.

Economist Tony Twine said a lesser diesel price would not necessarily help to ease inflation.

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Money wasted on Selebi

Mluleki Mrwebi
30 December 2011

Jackie Selebi received a dialysis and still not eligible for a kidney transplant. The South African Prisoners Organisation for Human Rights said as Selebi got a dialysis all inmates should be given it too .

The Organisation further said this is just a waste of money on one person only while there are so many people out there who are in need of this dialysis.

Selebi collapsed earlier this month when his appeal against his corruption conviction failed.

The 61 year old was found guilty of coruption and sentenced to 15 years in jail. The doctors still maintain that he is still not fit to be discharged.

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DA emphasizes the importance of textbooks.

Andiswa Mkosi
30 December 2011

The Democratic Alliance has learnt that when schools re open in the province of Limpopo during 2012 there will be no new textbooks for Grades 1, 2 ,3 and 10 learners.

The reason of the delays is due to sloppy planning.

The textbook catalogues were released on the 19 of September 2011 and contained many errors.

The provision of new textbooks was a central part of Minister Motshekga’s education reforms.

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Oudtshoorn Municipality left with charges by nature

Mluleki Mrwebi
30 December 2011

The hail storms that hit the Oudtshoorn region on Monday left bridges fallen roofs blown off and seven sects destroyed.

The Oudtshoorn Municipality estimates the repair charges to amount to R100,000 and above.

The Municipality spokesperson Ntobeko Mangqwengqwe says although there were no injuries but the damage is going to be felt by the people .They lost most of their belongings .

Amongst the buildings destroyed there is a community crèche as well .Ntobeko said this is a severe blow to the Oudtshoorn Municipality. 

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A Police man shoots his girlfriend to death

Andiswa Mkosi
30 December 2011

A police officer has shot his girlfriend dead before committing suicide near White River in Mpumalanga.

Sergeant Andries Motau, who is aged 36 shot Nelisiwe Mbuyane several times outside her home in Kabokweni on Thursday afternoon.

He then committed suicide by turning the gun on himself,both died on the scene.

The 30-year-old Mbuyane was a nurse at the Bhuga clinic near White River.

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Death toll roads on the increase

Mluleki Mrwebi
30 December 2011


The Traffic Road Management corporation has recorded that a total of 1023 people have lost their lives on the roads so far.

The number of crashes is 853 all together. The RTMC expects this number of fatalities to increase as the holiday makers are heading back to their respective destinations.

The authorities believe that these accidents are mainly caused by tiredness ,overloading as well as speeding.

The officials urge all motorists to be alert on the road at all.

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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Missing Child - Tauriq Jacobs


Petrol prices drops by next week

Mluleki Mrwebi
29 December 2011


The fuel prices are said to be going down as from next week Wednesday.

This is a relief for motorists for a second month in a row .

The Gauteng motorists will greatly welcome the news after they experienced fuel shortages almost the whole month of December .The illumination paraffin will also drop by a few cents.

The department of energy says the fuel prices have dropped globally only the worrying factor is the rand that keeps weakening against the dollar.


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A 5 year old girl bitten by a spitting cobra

Mluleki Mrwebi
29 December 2011


A 5 year old girl from Lephalale in Limpopo will have her finger amputated and the affected muscle removed from her arm after she was bitten by a Mozambican spitting cobra.

The grandmother said ,Mikayla Robberts underwent an operation on Wednesday to remove a muscle from her hand and arm.

The doctors found that the poison had gone through the muscle.The finger will be amputated tomorrow and she was sedated .

She is going to be under doctor`s supervision for a period of two months.

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A tourist mugged at Maclear Beacon

Mluleki Mrwebi
29 December 2011


A 21 year old man from Durban was mugged at the Maclear Beacon around Table Mountain yesterday when he was hiking with his family.

The Table Mountain Cableway management expressed their concerns today as the tourist mistook the mugger for an official.

The tourist`s wallet,camera and a cellphone were taken.
There is a cellphone video footage taken by one of the family members.The footage shows the attacker was wearing black pants ,lime green shirt and carrying a red bag.

The Maclear`s Beacon CEO Sabine Lehmann said the footage has been handed to the police to help with their investigations and also said that any mugging on the mountain is a worrying factor more especially that the attacker was believed to be an official by the tourist.

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McDonalds apologises to blind customer

Mluleki Mrwebi
29December 2011


The blind woman that had been chased out with her guide dog at a McDonalds food outlet on Christmas day has been apologized to by the McDonald`s managing director Greg Solomon.

Solomon assured the 33 year woman Sanet Gouws that he will see to it that she enjoys the experience she should have had the first place. He also stated that they do allow guide dogs at their restaurants and that the incident was just an unfortunate one .

The woman from Worcester in the Boland region was so devastated by this as she is dependent on her guide dog for directions.

The incident happened at the Mayville outlet in Pretoria.

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Duty calls for shark spotters

Anansa Jacobs
29 December 2011


A group of dedicated men and women are watching the seas to ensure that no one gets eaten by a shark.The beaches that are being observed is Muizenberg , Fish Hoek and Noord Hoek in Cape Town.

The shark spotters provide a service to alert swimmers and surfers of potential shark danger. The team of shark spotters monitor the beaches 7 days a week from 8am to 6pm everyday.

This project has started in 2004 and 1000 sharks have since been spotted through this project.

The shark spotters stand on the mountain and communicate any shark sightings via cellular phones they are provided with. This project is now sponsored by the City of Cape Town and the World Wildlife Fund.

Case of Human Trafficker postponed

Anansa Jacobs
29 December 2011


The man that has been accused of the human trafficking case has been postponed by the Mmabatho court.

The 41 year old male has been found trafficking Zimbabwean children aged between four and sixteen years.

He was caught transporting them in his bakkie in Mafikeng earlier in December.

The children are out of danger and have since been taken to a shelter in Mooinooi.

The accused bail application will take place on 12 January 2012.

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Nigerian blasts rattle Christians

Anansa Jacobs
29 December 2011


A Nigerian church union said Christians will have to fend for themselves if the Islamic attacks upon them continue.
The Boko Haram group has declared war on two consecutive Christmas mass services already as said by the Christian Association of Nigeria.

More than 40 Christians have already been killed by the Christmas day blasts.

Attackers have also thrown homemade bombs into an Islamic school in the dominant Christian Delta State.

Approximately 90,000 people have fled their homes caused by clashes between Boko Harum and the police in northern Damaturu.Implementation of the Sharia Law throughout the country is wanted by the group.

Urge to be safe on roads

Anansa Jacobs
29 December 2011


The Justice Project South Africa says it is illegal for traffic officials to confiscate, suspend and cancel driver’s licenses.

Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele has said that licenses of drivers arrested for breaking the rules of the road should be confiscated on the spot.

However the seizure of licenses can only be done by a court.
The government is increasing efforts to improve road safety. However, each of us has an important role to play to stop accidents which causes needless loss of lives and injuries.

Before embarking on a trip, test yourself to be familiar with your alcohol limit and test your vehicle. Wear your seatbelt at all times, rest every two hours after driving and take every safety measure to be safe on the roads.

Missing Child : Lee-Anne Van Wyk

Missing Child Alert: Tumba Zamba

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Durban police in search of rapist nurse

Lauren Snyders
28 December 2011


Durban police have launched a search for a man who allegedly raped a mentally ill patient at the Osindisweni Hospital in Verulam.

A spokesperson says the 30-year-old suspect is believed to be a male nurse at the hospital.

The man apparently ordered the woman to be quiet before raping her.

He ran away from the hospital after being questioned by police.

Shocked hospital staff says they are assisting the police in every way they can.

Trek fishermen launch their nets

Lauren Snyders
28 December 2011


The trek fisherman has launched their nets at the Sonwabe beach.

When trawling takes place along the Cape Flats coastline, there is an increase in shark activity.

The beach has been closed off for swimming.

The public is requested to make use of the following beaches because of the lifeguards on duty, Fish Hoek, Muizenberg, Strandfontein, Mnandi, Monwabisi and Macassar.

HIV testing in schools

Anansa Jacobs
28 December 2011


The Basic Education Department is looking into implementing HIV testing in schools.

The precise date for this roll out is yet to be confirmed as the testing campaign needs to be finalised.

A number of challenges need to be dealt with first to ensure that the schools have the capacity to perform testing and counsel the learners.

A task team is at present investigating the planned programme.

Search for male nurse rapist

Anansa Jacobs
28 December 2011


Police are on the hunt for the male nurse that allegedly raped a mentally ill patient in a Durban hospital Sunday night.

The man believed to be a nurse supposedly raped a patient in the shower at the hospital.

The 30-year-old man pushed the patient against the sink and told her to be silent before attempting to rape her. He then fled on foot after being questioned by police.

This news has left the Provincial Health Department shocked because patients come to hospital to be taken care of and not to be desecrated.

Decomposed body found in George

Anansa Jacobs
28 December 2011


A badly decomposed body has been found in a drain in George, Western Cape. It is suspected to be a female that went missing earlier in December.

The body is decomposed beyond recognition which makes it hard to identify, however clothes have been found near the body which could assist the police in identification.

Tests have been taken and sent away to forensics. The motive of the murder at this point remains unknown.

The police are appealing to the public to assist and come forward with any information regarding the unpleasant incident.

Cape Town Hospital rush

Anansa Jacobs
28 December 2011


The long Christmas weekend has left doctors and nurses in a rush at local government hospitals around Cape Town.

It is said that trauma units of the hospitals were crowded due to people needing to be assisted.

The most popular reports to hospitals are due to assaults and car accidents.

More patients are expected to be admitted to hospitals as the festive season proceeds.
Groote Schuur hospital has been particularly busy over the past few days.

Grade one and two pupils to get extra time at school next year

Lauren Snyders
28 December 2011


Grade one and two pupils countrywide can expect to spend 30 minutes more in their classrooms each day next year.

Spokesperson for the basic education ministry Hope Mokgatlhe says the longer day will be introduced mainly to accommodate the teaching of a second language in Grade One.

English will be introduced at that level.

For some schools in the Western Cape, Afrikaans will be the first additional language taught.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Shack fires leave one dead

Mluleki Mrwebi
27 December 2011


The fire that broke out last night in Du Noon near Blawberg in Cape Town left about 47 people homeless.

There are reports that one man was found dead and he was burnt beyond recognition.

The City`s Risk Disaster management Wilfred Solomon,said “the cause of fire is not known “He urged the public to extra careful with the fires .

The people lost all their belongings in the fire.

One man died and 47 others were left homeless in shack firesin Du Noon near Blawberg last night.The city`s Disaster Risk Management Centre Wilfred Solomon said the deceased was burnt beyond recognition.and the cause of the fire is still not known.

A 15 year old hospitalized after falling from Table Mountain

Mluleki Mrwebi
27 December 2011



A Cape Town teenager was hospitalized after falling from Table Mountain National Park Today.

She was hiking when she lost her footing and fell 30 meters down.

Metro Emergency Medical Services said she was sent to Vincent Palloti Hospital and is said to be in a stable condition.

She suffered multiple injuries and Doctors say she is going to spend some time in hospital .

The death toll on South Africa’s roads rises

Lauren Snyders
27 December 2011


The death toll on South African roads has risen to more than 800 this month.

Authorities are concerned that there does not seem to be a decline in the number of drunk driving and speeding incidents.

Spokesperson for the Road Traffic Management Corporation Ashref Ismail says dangerous overtaking and careless and intoxicated pedestrians are also a major cause for concern.

A total of one-thousand-149 people lost their lives on the roads in December last year.

The department of correctional services to challenge court ruling of two of the Waterkloof four

Lauren Snyders
27 December 2011


The department of correctional services said that they will be applying for a review on the court order that allowed two of the Waterkloof four to be held under house arrest instead of prison.

Correctional Services deputy commissioner Zacharia Modise said that correctional services are going to appeal the court ruling.

He also added that the request for the review would be lodged within the timeframe of 14 days.

Gert Van Schalkwyk and Reinach Tiedt were two of the four who went to jail for killing a homeless man in 2001.

NSRI urges parents to look after their children at the beach

Lauren Snyders
27 December 2011


The extreme heat and spring tides being experienced at coastal resorts has led to the National Sea Rescue Institute being extremely busy at East London, the Wilderness, Simonstown, Hermanus and Melkbosstrand in Cape Town.

Rescue workers were called on to treat patients for incidents ranging from near drowning, heat stroke, a seizure, an asthma attack and food poisoning.

Spokesperson Craig Lambinon has once again appealed to parents to take proper care of their small children.

This comes after the parents of three children, who nearly drowned at Richards Bay in KwaZulu-Natal, could not be found after the near tragedy.

Two robbery victims to remain behind bars until court appearance

Lauren Snyders
27 December 2011


Two robbery victims will remain behind bars until their court appearance after they allegedly shot and killed one of their attackers and wounded the other.

The robbery took place at Atlantis night club.

The victims chased the attackers after the attack too place.

Police spokesperson November Philander said that when they arrived on the scene they found a 29-year-old man has been shot dead and another wounded.

He also added that police spotted a vehicle with two occupants and they were arrested for murder and attempted murder.

Reckless driving cause death

Andiswa Mkosi
27 December 2011


Speeding , drinking and driving have contributed heavily to the over 800 deaths that have occurred on South African roads this festive season,

the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) said on Monday.

Spokesman Ashref Ismail said, "Major contributory factors remain speeds too high for circumstances, especially at night and during rainy weather, drinking and driving, drinking and walking and dangerous overtaking on barrier lines in the face of coming traffic."

The RTMC expects more accidents as the traffic is going to pick up again when people going back from their holiday destinations.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Accident at Harmony Resort leaves man hospitalised

Anansa Jacobs
26 December 2011


An adult male from Bonteheuwel has slipped down the staircase at Harmony Park Resort today.

The patient was handled by paramedics from the METRO Emergency Medical Services.

The male sustained spinal injuries and was treated by volunteers.

The adult male was then transported to Helderberg Hospital (Hottentots-Holland Hospital) for further medical treatment and observation.

It is alleged that the male was under the influence when he accidentally slipped and sustained injuries.

Zim Boat capsizes

Andiswa Mkosi
26 December 2011


Zimbabwean police on Monday said they had recovered 11 bodies, including those of five children, from Lake Chivero near the capital Harare.

The people were all alleged to have drowned when their boat had an accident late on Christmas Day.

Eight people including three crew members, survived the accident by swimming to the shores of the crocodile infested Lake Chivero, about 20km south-west of Harare.

The survivors then alerted authorities, who sent in dive-teams to try to rescue the others.

Minor in distress at beach resort

Anansa Jacobs
26 December 2011


A 5 year old female minor from Manenberg was reported in distress at the Silwerstroomstrand resort between Mamre and Atlantis today.

The minor was then rescued by members of the public at the tidal pool.

The emergency services then treated the minor for drowning symptoms.

The patient suffered minor hyperthermia and was transported to the Westfleur Hospital in Atlantis.
The minor is in a stable condition and will remain in hospital overnight for further medical treatment and observation.

Fewer road deaths in 2011

Andiswa Mkosi
26 December 2011


The Road Traffic Management Corporation has recorded that just over 800 people have lost their lives since December 1 this year.

A total of 1149 people were killed on South Africa's roads between December 1 and December 28 in 2010 and 1304 deaths were recorded for the same period in 2009.

Speeding,drinking and driving have contributed heavily to the over 800 deaths that have occurred on South African roads this festive season.

The Road Traffic Management Corporation is expecting heavy volumes of traffic on Tuesday on the N3 north to Johannesburg and the N1 south from Polokwane to Pretoria as holiday maker’s return home.

Motorist arrested for speed driving

Andiswa Mkosi
26 December 2011


A motorist aged 40-years has been arrested outside Beaufort West for speeding at 195km/h on Monday.

Western Cape Traffic officials caught the man cruising in his Mini Cooper on the N1 en-route to Cape Town earlier.

Traffic Chief Kenny Africa said the offender gave officers a reason for his speeding.

He was stopped and taken to the Beaufort West Police Station. He said he was on his way to Cape Town to be with his pregnant wife.

Teen driver involved in killer crash.

Anansa Jacobs
26 December 2011


A 17 year old crashed into another vehicle yesterday outside Brits.

The teenager had overtaken a car and then veered to the right when another oncoming vehicle was approaching ahead.

The driver crashed into another stationery car and then overturned.

The passenger of the other vehicle died on the scene and six others were then rushed to a nearby hospital.

A case of culpable homicide and reckless driving has been opened.

Disposable breathalyser tests reliable.

Anansa Jacobs
26 December 2011


The Transport Department has said that disposable breathalyser test readings are reliable, however the results will not be admissible in court.

The product is being used in countries such as France and Australia and will be used in South Africa.

The ministry is aiming at launching the 70mm glass tube at social places like clubs and restaurants.

The breathalyser test is designed to detect the presence of alcohol in a person’s body after testing the breath.

The disposable test can come in handy as people can test themselves and take precaution on the roads.

Capetonians urged to be safe.

Andiswa Mkosi
26 December 2011


The South African Weather Service warns of gale force winds for parts of the Cape Peninsula throughout Boxing Day.


Cape Town Disaster Management officials say veld fires are likely to occur in windy conditions such as today.

Wilfred Solomons Johannes of the Disaster Management says the City of Cape Town appeals to the public that will picnic and make braais along this area and elsewhere in the city to only make fires in selected areas.

A fire gutted a home in Elsies River on Monday morning, leaving six people homeless.

Christmas babies born in South Africa.

Andiswa Mkosi
26December 2011


Over 100 Christmas babies were delivered in the country Yesterday.
Forty-one babies were born in the Eastern Cape. This includes 20 boys and 21 girls.

The first one, Nonzuzo Toliwe, was born at midnight weighing 2.68kg. In Limpopo, the number of babies born since midnight stands at 28The first delivery occurred at Bela Bela hospital.

Two other babies were born at the same time at 02.55 through caesarean section at Van Velden hospital.

A premature baby, weighing 1.26kg, was born in Polokwane hospital. She is in a healthy condition.

Christmas babies born in South Africa.

Andiswa Mkosi
26December 2011


Over 100 Christmas babies were delivered in the country Yesterday.
Forty-one babies were born in the Eastern Cape. This includes 20 boys and 21 girls.

The first one, Nonzuzo Toliwe, was born at midnight weighing 2.68kg. In Limpopo, the number of babies born since midnight stands at 28The first delivery occurred at Bela Bela hospital.

Two other babies were born at the same time at 02.55 through caesarean section at Van Velden hospital.

A premature baby, weighing 1.26kg, was born in Polokwane hospital. She is in a healthy condition.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Minister satisfied with the immigration

Mluleki Mrwebi
25December 2011


The minister of home affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has expressed her satisfaction on the improvement of the service in immigration.

The minister facilitated the deployment of the former SA Defence Force members last .

The members were placed at the OR Tambo International Airport about 350 of them .

It is estimated that about 2.4 million people travel in and out of the country this month.

Operation Fatigue underway in Cape Town

Mluleki Mrwebi
25 December 2011


The Western Cape traffic services has embarked on operation fatigue campaign .

This is an effort to decrease the number of accidents on the road. As fatigue is one of the cause of many accidents during this time of the year.

The Western Cape traffic services records that about 800 long distance taxis to the Eastern Cape have been pulled over since Thursday.54 of the drivers stopped were not allowed to continue driving because they showed signs of fatigue.

The authorities confiscated their car keys and gave them two to four hours of rest then handed back their keys to continue with their journey.



Christmas Blast in Nigeria

Mluleki Mrwebi
25 December 2011


A powerful explosion ripped a church in Nigeria`s capital Abuja today.

This explosion happened in the middle of the Christmas service held at the church.

There were casualties reported but no clear details at this point .

The Nigeria`s emergency agency said there were not enough emergency vehicles to transport the injured people.

Cape traffic warns motorists.

Andiswa Mkosi
25 December 2011


Traffic Services said people who were leaving the city should ensure their cars are in a good condition before hitting the long road.

Officials are expecting many people to be heading to holiday destinations and camp sites outside of the city.

They advice motorists to be careful and to make sure their trips are well planned.

Cape Town Traffic spokesperson Maxine Jordaan gave a warning to motorists leaving on holiday that they should check their vehicles with a proper vehicle check.

Christmas road accidents in Gauteng.

Andiswa Mkosi
25 December 2011


At least eight people were killed in accidents around Johannesburg and Pretoria on Saturday and Sunday.

Two people were killed when a car crashed into a bakkie in Cullinan, east of Pretoria on Saturday.

Console Tleane said a Mercedes Benz was overtaking several cars when it crashed into a bakkie as it tried to avoid oncoming traffic.

Two people in the bakkie were killed and two other people were in a serious condition in hospital.

A woman stabs her police boyfriend to death.

Andiswa Mkosi
25 December 2011



A 22-year-old woman from Ventersdorp has been arrested for murder after she allegedly stabbed and killed her policeman boyfriend.

The murder happened at the couple's home when an argument broke out between the two.

The woman used a broken bottle neck to stab her boyfriend's arm and then fled the scene.

The police's Sam Tselanyane said when the suspect returned, she found the man in a pool of blood outside.

National Roads flooded with cars

Mluleki Mrwebi
25 December 2011


The cars continue to stream through toll gates and all national roads in South Africa .

This is caused by people heading to various holidays destinations over the Christmas .

There are delays which are mostly Caused by accidents and wet weather conditions in some parts of the country.

It is reported that thousands of cars pass the Lebombo toll gate every hour.All the national roads are at their busiest time of the year.The traffic is expected to clear after the new year.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Suicide investigation at a place of safety

Mluleki Mrwebi
24December 2011


The Western Cape MEC for Social Development Albert Fritz has called for suicide investigation at the Lindelani Place of safety in Stellenbosch.

This comes after the staff at the centre found the body of a 12 year old boy this weekend .

A similar incident occurred earlier this year a boy was killed when another offender beat him with a spade.

The Lindelani Place of safety is where juvenile offenders are kept .

A taxi driver arrested for overload

Mluleki Mrwebi
24 December 2011


A North West taxi driver was arrested today in Zeerust for overload.


The minibus is said to be a 22-seater but it was found carrying about 40 passengers.

The driver was taken to the Zeerust police station where he was released on R500 bail .

He is expected to appear in court in February next year.

Cape Town fires claim a life

Mluleki Mrwebi
24 December 2011


A shack fire occurred in Phillipi this morning and Sweet homes informal settlement .

The city`s Disaster Risk Management said about 16 people were displaced and one person died .

This comes just a day before Christmas .The cause of the fire is still not known .


The Disaster Risk Management has once again urged the public to be more careful with the fires more especial during christmas time.

Mandla Mandela to wed despite interdict

Lauren Snyders
24 December 2011


Mandla Mandela is set to get married today despite the interdict brought against him by his estranged first wife Tando Mabunu.

The Mandela family spokesperson for the event Sidima Mnqanqeni said that they are confident that no disruptions will take place and that the wedding will go on as planned.

Earlier this week Mabunu got a prohibitory court order against Mandela.

This stops him from anyone because he is still legally married to her.

Fuel shortages to continue until late next month

Lauren Snyders
24 December 2011


The Energy Department warns that fuel shortages at inland petrol stations will probably continue until late next month.

The department says it is in daily consultation with oil companies and has requested them to submit their contingency plans.

Motorists in the affected areas are urged to fill up regularly at filling stations that still have supplies.

Driving at lower speeds also conserves fuel.

SA National Roads Agency Ltd reverses charges

Mluleki Mrwebi
24 December 2011


The sanral has contacted all the customers that were wrongly charged for the e-tag last week .

This comes after complaints from the motorists that were receiving notifications that money was deducted in their accounts .

The Gauteng motorists were the most affected by these charging .as the tolling system is supposed to starting in February next year.

SANRAL says they have deactivated the accounts as of Friday.

The e-tag registration began on November 7 with users depositing R50 into accounts to create an initial balance with tolling system.

Tshwane Metro cop Jailed for bribe

Mluleki Mrwebi
24 December 2011


A metro cop has been arrested in Pretoria for accepting a bribe from the truck driver that he had stopped and found it to be unroadworthy.

The cop instead of issuing a fine he accepted a bribe .

The Tshwane metro spokesperson, Console Tleane said the constable was caught when his superiors came to watch him stopping vehicles for roadworthy checks .

The superiors had been watching the constable from a car parked near by .The acting metro police chief Steven Ngobeni was present when the truck driver admitted to having paid the cop after his truck was found with faulty lights.

City launches pilot project to combat fires

Lauren Snyders
24 December 2011


A pilot project aimed at allowing shack dwellers to help stop the spread of fires has been launched at the Joe Slovo informal settlement in Cape Town on Thursday.

Since the beginning of December more than a hundred people have lost their lives in shack fires in the city.

On Thursday, residents received a thousand portable fire extinguishers from Mayor of Cape Town Patricia De Lille.

The mayor urged people to be safe when working with fires and electrical appliances.

Friday, December 23, 2011

An end to the fuel shortage in Gauteng may be in sight

Lauren Snyders
23 December 2011


An end to the fuel shortage in Gauteng may be in sight after Shell announced that they are making steady progress towards restoring services at their Alberton depot.

The depot was forced to shut down last week due to an oil spill.

This seriously hampered shell’s ability to deliver fuel to its petrol stations, leading to a shortage across Gauteng.

The company’s spokesperson Elton Fortuin says they expect the depot to be fully operational by the end of this weekend.

Former police commissioner Jackie Selebi to undergoing operation

Lauren Snyders
23 December 2011


Disgraced former police commissioner Jackie Selebi is reportedly undergoing an operation at the Steve Biko Academic hospital in Pretoria.

Yesterday the department of correctional services said that Selebi is on dialysis for a long standing diabetes condition.

Selebi was transferred from prison to the Steve Biko hospital on Monday.

The state of Selebi’s health is still unknown and details about the operation have not been released yet.

March against president of the DRC stopped in Cape Town

Lauren Snyders
23 December 2011


A march against the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo Joseph Kabila stopped after a small turnout.

The march was said to have taken place at Cape Peninsula University in Cape Town.

Police spokesperson FC Van Wyk said that they came together and dispersed because of the small turnout.

Spokesperson for the protesters, Olivia Kalala said that the police told them to be back after the Christmas holidays because their officers have been deployed all over the peninsula.

She also added that police said there are too many risks because there are so many things happening in the city.

Just two days before Christmas sees families displaced by fires.

Lauren Snyders
23 December 2011


Three separate incidents occurred over the past two days resulting in the displacement of 23 people.

Fires took place at Siyahlala Informal Settlement in Philippi, Vygieskraal Informal Settlement in Belgravia and Clarke Estate, near Elsies River.

Disaster Risk Management Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said that luckily no-one sustained any injuries but the City is appealing to the public to be responsible when dealing with open flames, electrical devices, gas burners, lamps, and paraffin stoves.

The city will assist the victim’s food parcels, clothing, blankets and building materials.

Person dies in a Bloemfontein car crash.

Andiswa Mkosi
23 December 2011


A man died and six people were injured when two cars collided head-on on the N1 highway near Bloemfontein on Friday.

Jeffrey Wicks of Netcare 911 said one of the cars moved into the oncoming lane and collided with the other car.

The driver of one of the cars was killed on crash.

The driver and passengers of the other car plus two children between the ages 3 and 9-years-old, were rushed to a nearby hospital.

Road running champion dies in car a accident.

Andiswa Mkosi
23 December 2011


Zithulele Sinqe a former road running champion died in a car accident on Thursday.

The general manager of Central Gauteng Athletics Mandla Radebe said on Friday that Sinqe had been involved in a motor vehicle accident in Balfour.

This is where Sinqe worked after forming a development athletics club in the area. Sinqe was a member of the CGA commission.

Radebe highlighted that this was a big loss to the province and to the sport of athletics he also continued to say that Sinqe will be remembered for his titanic battles with Willie Mtolo, Matthews Temane and Xolile Yawa during South Africa's golden era of road running.

Five adults and a kid killed in a car crash.

Andiswa Mkosi
23 December 2011



Five adults and a child were killed when their car crashed into a truck on the N1 near Mokopane on Thursday night.

Netcare 911 Jeffrey Wicks says the truck was stationary when the Ford Icon slammed into it.

Two men, two women and a boy aged around 6 were killed.


The only survivor, a 6-year-old girl, was taken to the Limpopo Provincial Hospital in Polokwane with critical injuries.The truck driver was unharmed.

Buffalo City tightens security


Mluleki Mrwebi
23 December 2011


The Eastern Cape`s Buffalo City has promised all holiday makers that they have strict security measures in place.This will take special affect Christmas day.

The metro’s festive season plan is in full sway and it states clearly that on the 5 main beaches in the Eastern Cape no alcohol will be tolerated.

The Metro police will always be on the look out for any misbehavior around the city .

Samkelo Ngwwenya,the city’s spokesperson says they will go all out to ensure safety for holiday makers .

Thursday, December 22, 2011

CHARGES FOR E-TAGS IN GAUTENG

Mluleki Mrwebi
22December 2011


The South African Roads Agency Limited has remained silent on claims that ,some motorists in Gauteng who have had the e-Tags fitted are already paying .

The sandral website clearly states that the province`s e-tolling system is meant to come into effect next year in February .

These claims were echoed by motorists who say they have received notifications that money is being deducted for statements and notifications via sms and posts.

The sandral is yet to comment on the issue as more .

Be a hero campaign

Anansa Jacobs
22 December 2011


Western Cape Minister of Transport and Public Works Robin Carlisle is challenging motorists to answer the call on the ‘Be a hero’ advertising campaign over the festive season.

The campaign aims to allow motorists to drive responsibly. The campaign will be broadcast to over two million radio listeners as well as billboard and distribution of pamphlets.

A hero does not speed or drive under the influence of alcohol. It is also said that a hero understands that speed and drunk driving kills and disables people.

The most exciting part of being a hero is that persons can literally save lives. The Western Cape’s Government strongly believes working alongside our citizens can prevent accidents.

Motorists arrests on the increase

Mluleki Mrwebi
22 December 2011


The beginning of the festive season has had approximatley 1,400 motorists arrested across the country for various offences.

The offences range from the drunk driving, exceeding the speed limit, driving without a driver’s license and overloading.

The traffic department expects more arrest to be made because motorists continue violating the law and traffic is always on the increase around Christmas time.


The traffic department urges motorists to know their alcohol limit and test their vehicles before embarking on any journey.

Education Department in denial

Anansa Jacobs
22 December 2011


Claims have been stated that more teachers are resigning from teaching because of the lack of discipline in schools.
This has been dismissed by the Education Department.

More teachers are leaving this profession because there is a lack of corporal punishment in schools. This study was conducted by the Human Sciences Research Council.

The South African Teachers Union mentioned that the Education Department is not doing their best to protect teachers against violent pupils. This has left most teachers no option but to resign.

Teachers feel that their lives are threatened and raised the concerned of safety taking priority.

Christmas warning for criminals

Mluleki Mrwebi
22 Decembern 2011


The Police Minister Mr Nathi Mthethwa has issued a strong message for criminals that the police will be out in full force this festive season.

He said anyone trying to break the Christmas spirit of law abiding citizens through crime will be dealt with accordingly.

Crime is always on the increase this time of year and more specifically on Christmas day. Criminals will be taking full advantage this festive season.

The police will be beefed up in all areas to ensure the safety of all citizens .

Families disappointed by the court decision

Mluleki Mrwebi
22 Dec 2011


The families of the children killed in Jacob Humprey`s taxi last year were disappointed and shocked to hear that the court approved Humprey`s extended bail application till 2012 .

Humprey was convicted of murder early this month .

The families showed their anger to the decision taken by the Western Cape High Court Judge Siraj Desai .

They say they were left with the pain of loosing their children and now the court rules in favour of the Humphery's .

Children safety for the festive holidays

Anansa Jacobs
22 December 2011


Childine has issued an appeal for special efforts to be made for children who are going to be alone at home during the festive holidays.

Parents who are at work during the day need to ensure that their children have some sort of adult supervision.

Children get up to all kinds of misbehavior when parents are not at hand.

Parents can send their children to holiday club activities that will be taking place over the festive season. This should alleviate misbehaving stresses.

Fuel shortage continues

Anansa Jacobs
22 December 2011


An ongoing shortage of fuel is still continuing in the country. Fuel companies are struggling to meet demands.

Earlier in this week, there was an oil leak in Alberton at a Shell depot. This has caused a lack in certain grades of fuel. In the Gauteng region all grades of fuel is been affected.

Fuel giant, Sasol, says a sudden rise in the demand for fuel also contributed to the sudden shortage.

Motorists wanting to visit the Kruger National Park are advised to fill up on fuel as the nature reserve has run out.

Zuma causes a stir in the religious community

Andiswa Mkosi
21 December 2011


The Presidency says remarks that President Jacob Zuma made about the impact of Christianity on indigenous knowledge systems have been reported on in a misleading manner.

According to his office, Zuma welcomed the start of Western culture but was worried about the undermining of some useful traditional ways of doing things.

These include the end of the extended family as an society, leading to the need for old age homes and orphanages.

This does not imply a negation of Christianity.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Education officials in custody

Andiswa Mkosi
21 December 2011


The Hawks have today stated that officials from the North West Education Department who were facing fraud charges involving R12 million are to remain in custodY.

Former Education MEC, Reverend Johannes Tselapedi and two former heads of the department appeared in the Mmabatho Regional Court on Tuesday on charges of fraud, money laundering and corruption charges.

The three were accused of awarding two tenders for motivational speaking without following the proper procedures.

McIntosh Polela of The Hawks’ said the three were unable to raise bail.

Parole finalised and confirmed for Reinach and Gert.

Lauren Snyders
21 December 2011


A lawyer says Correctional Services has no scope for appeal against the release under house arrest of two of the so-called Waterkloof Four.

Reinach Tiedt and Gert van Schalkwyk’s legal representative, Jenny Brewis, says her clients' parole has been finalised and confirmed by several courts.

Brewis stresses that the commuting of their 12-year sentence was not an action that her clients had undertaken.

Because the department initiated the process, it would have to appeal against its own actions.

Abandoned Child Alert


Lauren Snyders
21 December 2011


A two-month old baby girl was abandoned in bushes in Philippi East.

She was found in Acacia Park on Tuesday after children playing near the bushes heard her cry.

It appeared that the baby girl did not sustain any visible injuries and was taken to Red Cross Hospital for a check-up.

Anyone with information about the baby can contact Constable Zola Mtshabe on 079 894 1901 or the Philippi East Police Station on 021 370 1900

Religion brought about problems says Zuma.

Andiswa Mkosi
21 December 2011


South African President Jacob Zuma says religion, particularly Christianity, has caused the loss of humanity in society.

Zuma launched a road safety and crime awareness campaign on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast yesterday.

He said that the arrival of Christianity had brought problems for Africans.

Prior the arrival of missionaries Africans had their own ways of doing things. Zuma was ordained as a priest of the Full Gospel Church in 2007.

Two crashes on the N1 claimed seven lives.

Lauren Snyders
21 December 2011


Two crashes on the N-1 in the Karoo claimed seven lives.

Western Cape traffic Chief Kenny Africa says in the first incident, a minibus taxi and a car collided head-on between Laingsburg and Prince Albert Road, killing five people, including a baby.

Earlier this morning, two men died in an accident near Leeu-Gamka.

The Road Traffic Management Corporation revealed today that at least 710 people have died in 592 fatal crashes on South African roads since the beginning of the month.

Road Traffic Management Corporation Spokesperson Ashref Ismail says the Free State saw one of the biggest crashes when eight cars collided on the N-1 near Kroonstad.

The accident claimed the lives of eight people and left 14 injured.

Kodwa to sue police for R5-million

Andiswa Mkosi
21 December 2011


Blood tests on Zizi Kodwa, Zuma’s adviser show that he had no alcohol in his system during the time he was arrested for suspicion of drinking and driving.

Kodwa was detained in Rosebank last month. He insisted that he had not been drinking, something the results of the blood tests confirm.

Gugulethu Madlanga Kodwa’s lawyer says his client will file a five-million- Rands lawsuit for wrongful arrest and detention.

Madlanga said a summons would be issued in 30 days.

Zuma urges the public to help authorities.

Lauren Snyders
21 December 2011


President Jacob Zuma urged all members of the public to work together with authorities to crack down on crime and accidents over the festive season.

Zuma said that we lose about 14 000 lives per year because of road deaths.

He also added that the police will give extra effort when cracking down on dangerous and reckless drivers.

More visible police patrols will take place at tourist destinations especially around the coast.

Cansa says be smart when going to the beach

Lauren Snyders
21 December 2011


The Cancer Association is urging all beach goers to be sun smart when visiting the beach.

Cansa’s Sue Janse van Rensburg says everyone should avoid direct sunlight between ten in the morning and three o’clock in the afternoon when the sun’s rays are most dangerous.

Ultra violet rays reflect off water, glass and grass and can cause sunburn.

She warns about the dangers of excessive sun exposure.

Three people died and three others injured in taxi crash

Lauren Snyders
21 December 2011


Three people died and three others were critically injured when a taxi overturned in Bloubergstrand.

ER24 spokesperson Vanessa Jackson says the three victims were declared dead on the scene.

Two of the other injured were airlifted to Grooter Schuur and Tygerberg Hospital.

Another five passengers were also injured but sustained minor to serious injuries.

No other vehicles were involved in the accident.

Hot tip-off leads to arrests of Chinese nationals.

Lauren Snyders
21 December 2011


A tip-off has led Hawks detectives to a huge stash of elephant tusks, ivory, dried shark fins and money in a luxury flat in Bloubergstrand, Cape Town.

Neighbours noticed a foul smell and smoke coming from one of the complex’s garages.

Two Chinese nationals have been arrested. Police found 15 elephant tusks that were still intact and others that were being cut up.

The value of the tusks and ivory is estimated at four-million-Rands.

Festive season shoppers targeted.

Andiswa Mkosi
21 December 2011


Criminals are targeting festive season shoppers representing themselves as shop salesmens.

They approach shoppers claiming to be salesmen offering them discounts or prizes.

These criminals can even be found inside shops pretending to work from there.Police Spokesperson Warrant Officer Ann Poortman says they are intervening.

Poortman also warned members of the public to avoid making withdrawals of large sums of money and walking around with it.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Slight improvement for death toll on roads

Lauren Snyders
20 December 2011


Western Cape Transport and Public Works MEC Robin Carlisle say the death toll on the province’s road since the 1st of this month shows only a slight improvement, compared to the same time last year.

Carlisle is disappointed that 90 roads deaths have already occurred, compared to last year’s 95.

He is particularly upset that the statistics include a four-month-old baby, a number of toddlers and other children.

Close to half of those killed were pedestrians.

Convicted paedophile wins appeal

Lauren Snyders
20 December 2011


Convicted paedophile Ian Appleton wins an appeal in the Western Cape High Court today.

Judges Vincent Saldanha and Daniel Dlodlo ordered that Appleton be sentenced to correctional supervision instead.

This will also include a period of house arrest and some jail time.

The judges referred the case back to the Paarl Regional court to determine the period of imprisonment as well as the house arrest.

The retired accountant performed oral sex on an eight-year-old three years ago.

Man arrested for raping a girl.

Andiswa Mkosi
20 December 2011



A man was arrested for raping a 13-year-old girl in Tsolo of Mthatha,Eastern Cape.

The 22 year old was arrested at about 22:00 on Monday. He reportedly raped the girl in her home and was unknown to the victim.

Police were then alerted after the girl was found with the door to her home left open.

Police Spokesperson,Lieutenant Colonel Mzukisi Fatyela said the man is to appear in the Tsolo Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

Level crossing taxi driver has bail reinstated.

Lauren Snyders
20 December 2011


Killer taxi driver Jacob Humphreys had his bail reinstated by the Western Cape High Court today.

Humphreys was found guilty recently of murdering ten children.

Humphreys advocate Johaan Engelbrecht said that Judge Siraj Desai extended his bail ending the hearing of application for leave to appeal as against the order of judge Henney.

Last year Humphreys overtook cars at a level crossing in Blackheath when a train crashed into his taxi killing the ten children.

A helicopter crashes at Sun City

Andiswa Mkosi
20 December 2011


A helicopter has crashed at Sun City this afternoon it is said that one person has been killed.

The accident happened this morning on the premises of the pleasure resort.

Sun International has expressed its regret, saying the craft flew into a cable at the complex.

The pilot was the only occupant it is reported that he was on his way to pick up a friend.

Convicted former police commissioner, Jackie Selebi, rushed to hospital again.

Lauren Snyders
20 December 2011


Convicted former police commissioner Jackie Selebi was yesterday again rushed to hospital in a serious condition.

Selebi was taken under armed guard to the kidney ward of the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria.

Correctional Services says Selebi is undergoing tests, but that his condition is not life-threatening.

The former Interpol head was imprisoned on the 5th of this month after losing his appeal against a 15-year jail term for corruption.

Three families have been displaced by fires over the past two days.

Lauren Snyders
20 December 2011


Over the past two days, three families have been displaced because of fires.

The City of Cape will assist these families with food parcels, clothing, blankets and building materials.

The case of the fires is still unknown and will be investigated.

Disaster management Wilfred Solomons-Johannes says the City has arranged to help the victims.

Woman kills her one year old child.

Andiswa Mkosi
20 December 2011


A woman has been arrested for killing her 1-year-old child in Mqanduli south of Mthatha on Monday .

The 18 year old was arrested after the police were notified about the incident said Lieutenant Colonel Mzukisi Fatyela.

Police were investigating the circumstances surrounding the child's death.

The mother was expected to appear in the Mandula Magistrate's Court on Wednesday on a charge of murder.

A 19-year-old to appear in court after stabbing her father.

Lauren Snyders
20 December 2011

A 19 year old is expected to appear in court today for allegedly stabbing her elderly father to death during the weekend.

Police spokesperson Makhubela, said yesterday that the man was murdered in Dobsonville during the early hours of Sunday.

The teenager stabbed the father in the chest when he reprimanded her about arriving home late.

The police are still investigating whether young woman was drunk at the time.

Fuel giant Shell, confirmed shortage of certain grades of petrol.

Lauren Snyders
20 December 2011

Fuel giant Shell has confirmed a shortage of certain grades of petrol in Gauteng.

Shell released a statement yesterday saying they expect to run out of fuel in this week.

Some petrol stations in Gauteng have already run dry.

The statement says the shortage of fuel shortage comes due to production issues and the recent shut down of Shell’s Alberton fuel depot.

Missing Adult Alert: Sean Michael Betton

Public urged to be careful around fires

Mluleki Mrwebi
20 Dec 2011


The Disaster Risk Management Centre in the Western Cape have urged the public to be extra careful around fires.

A number of people have died and scores have been left destitute as temperatures rise and windy conditions create conditions conducive to the spread of blazes.

The Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management Centre has embarked on a campaign to educate people about how to protect themselves around fires.

The latest incident is of an 18-month old baby who died in a shack fire on Monday.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Waterkloof Two released

Anansa Jacobs
19 December 2011


Two of the ‘Waterkloof Four’ members have been released from the Zondwater prison today.

In 2008, Gert van Schalkwyk and Reinach Tiedt and two others were sentenced to 12-years imprisonment for killing a homeless man and assaulting another.

Van Schalkwyk and Tiedt are to report to the community corrections centre where they will report to in terms of their parole conditions.

A statement was made shortly before an urgent application was brought forward to the North Gauteng High Court. The statement was to force the department to put up with with the decision of the Regional Court.

AGRI SA hails Judge Bam

Mluleki Mrwebi
19 December 2011


The Agri SA President Johannes Moller praised the late Judge President of the Land Claims court.Moller said that “Fikile Bam was a man of honour and integrity”.

Bam was a true dignified and true servant of his country.

Judge Bam was hailed as the person that had the interest of the people at heart and stood for what was right .

The Agri SA says it is sad to learn that such a dedicated citizen has passed on.

Malema to serve on the provincial executive committee

Mluleki Mrwebi
19 December 2011


The Suspended ANC Youth League president Julius Malema is to serve on the ANC's Limpopo provincial executive committee. This comes after his nomination amongst the 40 members for the PEC.

The proceedings were scheduled to start earlier today ,but due to some delays they had not started on time.

Limpopo spokesperson David Masondo said “The voting for the 20 additional members would take place later today”.

A official announcement of the full PEC members will be made after the voting proceedings.

Suspected drug mule to wait 3 months

Anansa Jacobs
19 December 2011


Nolubabalo Nobanda , the suspected South African drug mule is expected to appear in court in three months time.

Her family has stated that they have been informed by the South African Embassy in Thailand on Sunday regarding Nobanda’s appearance.

The family has been notified by email and also mentioned that Nolubabalo was doing fine.

Nolubabalo made headlines last week when she was arrested in Bangkok at Suvarnabhumi Airport for having 1.5kg of cocaine hidden in her dreadlock hairstyle.

Western Cape Motorists to take caution

Mluleki Mrwebi
19 December 2011


The Western Cape’s roads has left 24 people dead this past long weekend.

Western Cape Traffic Chief Kenny Africa said the cause of most accidents is tiredness and overloading of taxis and trailers .

It is urged that taxi drivers and public operators ensure they get adequate sleep and rest before a journey.

The Karoo and Beaufort West along the N1 has the highest recording of deaths.

Ongoing safety checks shall be in place in those areas to ensure safety for everyone.

Decomposed whale washed ashore

Anansa Jacobs
19 December 2011


A 2.5 metre long decomposed whale was beached ashore between Clovelly and Fish Hoek yesterday.

The City of Cape Towns Solid Waste Management Department has removed the carcass to Visserhok Landfill Site.

It remains uncertain what type of whale it was as the carcass was already decomposed into the advanced stage.

The part of the beach where the whale washed up was closed for a certain time.This was a protective measure to avoid shark activity along the shoreline.

Sporting Great Remembered

Anansa Jacobs
19 December 2011


A memorial service was held at St George's Cathedral in Cape Town yesterday for the late cricket legend Basil D'Oliveira who moved to England in the 1960s.

The former Cape Town all-rounder was forbidden from playing for England in South Africa because he was not white.

He will be remembered for the impressive role he played in helping to defy apartheid in sport.

D’Oliveira died last month after a long illness of Parkinson’s disease at the age of 80 years.

Release of Waterkloof four questioned

Andiswa Mkosi
19 December 2011


The Department of Correctional Services says that they will question the decision to release two of the Waterkloof four on parole.

The department refuses to approve of a court order that entails the release of Gert van Schalkwyk and Reinach Tiedt.

The Zonderwater parole board is to explain these actions to the department’s commissioner Tom Moyane tomorrow.

The Waterkloof four was convicted in 2001when they beat a homeless man to death in a public park.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Mbeki knows facts that SA citizens should know

Andiswa Mkosi
18 December 2011



The former president Thabo Mbeki states that he has had access to hidden facts about the evolution of South Africa which the public deserves to know.

Mbeki says the position that he held in the ANC and government gave him access to the facts.

This was in response to the accusations made by Willem Heath who resigned as head of the Special Investigating Unit.

Heath alleged to the newspaper that Mbeki had initiated rape and corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma.

Police constable rapes woman in a cell

Anansa Jacobs
18 December 2011


A police constable has been arrested for allegedly raping an awaiting-trial prisoner at the Glendale police station on the north coast of KwaZulu-Natal.

Colonel Jay Naicker heard strange noises coming from the holding cells on Saturday afternoon and rushed in to investigate.

He found a 32-year-old woman there who told him she had just been raped by a constable at gunpoint.The woman was in custody for assault.

Naicker said the constable had run away after the rape, but he was later caught in the area.He is expected to appear in the KwaDukuza Magistrate's Court.

Julius Malema ridicules Jacob Zuma

Anansa Jacobs
18 December 2011


ANC Youth League president Julius Malema whom has been suspended joined in songs that ridiculed President Jacob Zuma at the ANC's Limpopo conference

Malema has labelled Zuma as the "shower man". The song was in reference to Zuma's 2006 rape trial in which he told the Johannesburg high court that he had taken a shower after having unprotected sex with his HIV-positive accuser.

The shower image was created by cartoonist Zapiro who is now being sued by Zuma for R5 million after he drew Zuma with a shower growing out of his head during and after the rape trial.

Zuma was found not guilty. Malema is currently appealing a five-year suspension from the youth league after he was found to have brought the party into disrespect.

Cape Town traffic officer caught in a huge scandal

Anansa Jacobs
18 December 2011


Head of license testing centre, Andre Conradie, has been caught out helping draft guidelines on how to process foreign drivers' licenses.

Evidence that has been uncovered during an investigation into the centre has now been handed to the Hawks.

A provincial transport department probe uncovered at least 41 irregular licenses issued to Chinese nationals at the testing centre from January to August.

Investigators are now trying to trace the license-holders.
Conradie appeared before a disciplinary committee on Monday and Tuesday.

Camers outside former SA President’s home removed

Anansa Jacobs
18 December 2011


Police have confirmed that they have not found any more surveillance cameras outside former President Nelson Mandela's home in Qunu ,Eastern Cape.

Cases have been opened against two media houses after the cameras were found at a house near Mandela’s home.

Police have declined to name the two organisations however Reuters and Associated Press had admitted to placing the cameras outside Nelson Mandela’s home.

The cameras are now in the hands of authorities who are investigating whether any footage has been recorded.

Results of the Limpopo elective conference to be announced

Andiswa Mkosi
18 December 2011


The results of the ANC’s Limpopo elective conference are to be announced soon.

Limpopo’s provincial chairman Cassel Mathale has been told to hold on to his position despite facing strong opposition from Deputy Arts and Culture Minister Joe Paahla.

During the conference yesterday Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe called for discipline and said that delegates should not vote for candidates based on their political alignment.

Motlanthe said members should stand up and speak against "this demon" that seems to weaken the ANC of all its historical achievements.

Department of Correctional Services to challenge the release of two of the Waterkloof four

Lauren Snyders
18 December 2011


The Department of Correctional Services will challenge the release of two of the Waterkloof four from prison.

Gert van Schalkwyk and Reinach Tiedt went to prison for killing a homeless man in 2001.

Prison authorities ignored the court order to release the two under house arrest.

Correctional Services was instructed to appear in court in January for not releasing the two.

All the Waterkloof four were sentenced in 2008 to 12 years in jail.

Gert and Reniach only served three.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Eskom to put new measures in place for prepaid system upgrading next year.

Lauren Snyders
17 December 2011


Eskom will put measures in place to upgrade its prepaid vending systems.

This comes after the systems were done yesterday for about two hours.

Eskom’s spokesperson Hilary Joffe says they are dealing with some issues but in the New Year they will out real measures in place.

She added that they want to get through Christmas and then work on a bigger repair job.

A 41-year-old man arrested for human trafficking

Mluleki Mrwebi
17 December 2011


North West Public Safety-MEC Desbo Mohono has commended members of the public for the tip-off that led to the arrest of a 41-year-old man for human trafficking.

The Mahikeng organised crime police unit believe the suspect is part of a human trafficking syndicate.

The suspect is expected to appear in court on Monday on charges of human traficking.

The eight girls and five boys, aged between four and 16, are believed to have been destined for Cape Town.

Motlante replaces Zuma at Limpopo conference

Mluleki Mrwebi
17 December 2011


The ANC has sent Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe to address the party’s Limpopo elective conference in Polokwane over the weekend.

President Jacob Zuma was expected to speak at the gathering, but reports say Motlanthe replaced him to prevent some delegates from possibly humiliating Zuma.

The recent move to place the Limpopo government under national administration has proved unpopular in certain quarters.

The conference is expected to set the tone for the ANC's succession battle in Mangaung next year

Robber killed after high speed chase

Lauren Snyders
17 December 2011


A suspected robber died and another injured after their car overturned on the N1 highway today.

Captain Pinky Tsinyane said the two who were travelling in a Navara bakkie allegedly robbed a business in Bronkhorstspruit east of Pretoria.

Due to the accident one robber died and the other was injured.

The injured man was taken to the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria.

Gang wars come to a halt in Hanover Park

Lauren Snyders
17 December 2011


A month has passed since the American and Mongrel gangs signed a peace treaty in Hanover Park.

No gang-related shootings took place since then. Gang Member affiliated with the Mongrels, Michael Simpson says the two gangs are now talking rather than fighting.

He added that the people of Hanover Park feel free.

MEC for Community Safety in the Western Cape, Dan Plato says it is important that further shootings are prevented.

DA says Waterkloof Four parole is illegal

Mluleki Mrwebi
17 December 2011


The Democratic Alliance wants the decision to grant parole to two of the so-called Waterkloof Four set aside.

The DA says the Parole Board made a mistake by releasing Gert van Schalkwyk and Reinach Tiedt.

The pair were among a group of four boys convicted in 2007 of killing a homeless man and assaulting another at a park in Pretoria.

They were each sentenced to 12 years in jail.

Shrien Dewani to know his fate next year

Lauren Snyders
17 December 2011


British businessman Shrien Dewani will only hear next year whether he has won or lost his High Court battle against extradition to South Africa.

He faces charges that he organised his bride, Anni’s murder on their honeymoon in Cape Town last year.

The judges hearing the appeal are studying reports from psychologists on Dewani’s mental condition.

His defence team says he is not fit for extradition due to post-traumatic stress.

Missing Child Alert: Michael Jojo

Drug mules arrested at OR Tambo Airport

Anansa Jacobs
17 December 2011


Police confirmed that seven alleged drug mules were arrested at O.R. Tambo International in December.

The recent arrest of Nolubabalo Nobanda in Thailand ,who was found with cocaine hidden in her dreadlock hairstyle, and the execution of convicted drug mule Janice Linden in China has again put the spotlight on drug trafficking in South Africa.

149 people, of which 22 South Africans, have been caught in 2011 for drug possession at OR Tambo alone.

Most of the arrests that have been made are for cocaine possession and of drugs that are smuggled come from America and Sao Paolo.

Friday, December 16, 2011

DA questions Nomgcobo Jiba’s appointment

Andiswa Mkosi
16 December 2011


The Democratic Alliance is questioning Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions appointment, this follows the resignation of Special Investigation Unit’s Willem Heath.

DA leader Helen Zille says Nomgcobo Jiba has launched several unsuccessful attacks on senior prosecutor Gerrie Nel.

Zille has also highlighted that President Jacob Zuma cannot afford any more legal challenges.

This is after the recent Supreme Court of Appeal declaring his appointment of Menzi Simelane as National Director of Public Prosecutions invalid.

Ngcuka condemns SIU’s Willem Heath’s resignation

Anansa Jacobs
16 December 2011


Former national director of Public Prosecutions Bulelani Ngcuka has commended newly-appointed head of the Special Investigation Unit Willem Heath for his decision to resign.

SIU’s Willem Heath announced his resignation on Thursday.

Shortly after his appointment at the end of last month, Heath caused a stir by alleging that former president Thabo Mbeki had interfered in the cases against Shabir Shaik and President Jacob Zuma.

Ngcuka says Heath’s resignation is in the best interests of the country and the Special Investigating Unit.

One person dies in a fire in Cape Town

Andiswa Mkosi
16 December 2011


One person died in a fire which occurred at the Sweet Home Informal Settlement this morning.

An adult male sustained fatal burn wounds and as a result died from his wounds.

The City’s Disaster Risk Management Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said the affected persons will also be issued with building material to rebuild their homes.

Johannes added that the Disaster Risk Management Centre will offer relief aid during the course of today.

The City’s Disaster Risk Management Wilfred Solomons-Johannes has appealed to residents to be careful when working with open flames. When going to bed, residents should isolate electrical devices and extinguish gas burners, candles, lamps and paraffin stoves in order to prevent fires.

Reconciliation Day Celebrations to be in Pretoria

Anansa Jacobs
16 December 2011


Today National Reconciliation Day celebrations will be held in Pretoria.

President Jacob Zuma will officially open the access road that links the Voortrekker Monument and Freedom Park.

Zuma says the road will play a huge part in reconciliation as the two memorial sites represent different faces of South Africa's history and culture.

The access road will also enable easy access for visitors to both institutions.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

By Khanyisa Tabata
15 December 2011

Newly appointed head of the Special investigating Unit Willem Heath has resigned.

The Justice Ministry has confirmed his resignation, a mere week after being appointed by President Jacob Zuma.

Heath had recently told two newspapers that former President Thabo Mbeki initiated the corruption and rape charges laid against Zuma.

Minister of Justice Jeff Radebe had been asked by Zuma to look into the comments.

Correctional Services denies parole rumours for Waterkloof four

By Khanyisa Tabata
15 December 2011

The Department of Correctional Services has denied that two of the Waterkloof four would be released on parole today.

The four men were convicted of beating a homeless man to death in Waterkloof in Pretoria in 2001, and were sentenced to 12 years imprisonment each.

The stepfather of one of the men has said that they had received notification that their son would be released later today.

The department’s spokesperson Simphiwe Kondleka confirmed that they have received an application for parole, but denied that any of the men would be released today.

Africa’s lack of air infrastructure blamed for minister’s high flight bill

By Khanyisa Tabata
15 December 2011

International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has defended her use of expensive chartered international flights.

She says a lack of proper infrastructure in Africa often leaves her department with no other choice.

According to the Democratic Alliance, Nkoana-Mashabane could have saved almost 10-million-Rands in taxpayers’ money over a 15-month period had she used commercial flights.

The minister told a news conference in Pretoria today that the claim was unrealistic.

The DA has since written to the Public Protector to request an investigation into Nkoana-Mashabane’s conduct.

Agri Wes-Cape plans meeting with Western Cape Police Commissioner

By Lelethu Mquqo
15 December 2011


Agri Wes-Cape is planning another meeting with Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer.

This follows this weeks’ killing of 35-year-old Merweville farmer Fritz Snyders.

Beaufort West police have arrested one of Snyders’ workers. His killing follows other recent attacks on farms in Malmesbury and Grabouw, and in Ashton.

The agricultural body met with police regarding the implementation of the National Rural Safety Plan earlier this month.

Apartheid assassin being considered for parole

By Lelethu Mquqo
15 December 2011


Correctional Services has confirmed that apartheid assassin Eugene de Kock is being considered for parole.

The hearing was supposed to take place yesterday, but was postponed.

De Kock was dubbed “Prime Evil”.

He and other hit squad killers like Ferdi Barnard became eligible after the North Gauteng High Court ruled in July that anyone sentenced to life imprisonment before October 2004 had to automatically be considered for parole after serving 13 years and four months of their sentence.

A light aircraft accident claims the lives of two people

Lusanda Bill
15 December 2011


Two men were killed when a light aircraft crashed on the R-55 near Erasmia, Pretoria, on Wednesday evening.

Four men in a car had a narrow escape when the two-seater Cessna hit their vehicle before nose-diving into the busy road next to the Swartkops race track.

Police say the plane had taken off from the Swartkops air force base on a routine flight shortly before the crash.

The names of the deceased pilot and co-pilot have not yet been released.

The men in the car were treated for minor injuries and shock.

Shrien Dewani assured of best treatment SA can offer

Lusanda Bill
15 December 2011


A London court has been assured that the jails where honeymoon murder accused Shrien Dewani will be held are the best in South Africa.

Dewani is appealing against an order for his extradition from Britain to stand trial over the killing of his wife Anni in Cape Town just more than a year ago.

His defence team argues that he will not survive life in a South African jail because of his mental state and conditions here.

The hearing has been postponed to tomorrow.

Fedusa welcomes public holiday announcement

Lusanda Bill
15 December 2011


Fedusa has welcomed acting President Kgalema Motlanthe’s declaration of Tuesday, the 27th of December, as a public holiday.

The Federation of Unions of South Africa had written to President Jacob Zuma asking him to declare an additional public holiday.

The reason for the request was because Christmas falls on a Sunday this year.

Fedusa’s Dennis George says the gesture will go a long way to strengthen workers’ morale in a difficult socio-economic environment.

TopTV to launch porn channels over Christmas

Khanyisa Tabata
15 December 2011


Independent TV station TopTV looks set to launch three new porn channels over Christmas, as Christian organisations prepare to boycott the network.

TopTV has yet to receive approval from the Independent Communication Authority of South Africa, or Icasa, but says they will go ahead with the launch.

The station’s spokesman Thato Mahapa says that the channels have been authorised by default, claiming that Icasa failed to respond to their application within 60 days.

Christian organisations such as the Africa Christian Action say they are planning to boycott the pay-station and have called on Icasa to deny the license to TopTV’s parent company.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

DA slams government’s HIV Aids prevention approach

By Khanyisa Tabata
14 December 2011

The Democratic Alliance has slammed government’s approach to preventing the spread of HIV as ineffective.

The DA’s health spokesperson in Gauteng Jack Bloom says that government’s approach to HIV is only succeeding with treatment.

He says the number of pregnant woman infected with the disease has risen by five percent over the last ten years.

Bloom added that routine checks for HIV without the need for informed consent would stop the epidemic in its tracks.

Extra public holiday for South Africans

By Khanyisa Tabata
14 December 2011

The 27th of this month has been declared as a public holiday by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.

Motlanthe is serving as acting president while Jacob Zuma is out of the country.

He made the announcement today, after numerous calls from trade unions to declare the holiday because Christmas falls on a Sunday.

Policemen accused of rape released on 2000 Rand bail

By Khanyisa Tabata
14 December 2011

The two policemen accused of raping a woman in Johannesburg have been released on two-thousand-Rands bail by the Alexandra’s Magistrates Court.

The case will be heard on the 23rd of February next year, after results from a DNA test have been confirmed. The officials were arrested for allegedly raping a 27-year-old woman earlier this month.

The Minister of Police Nathi Mthetwa has called for harsh punishment against officers who are convicted of rape.

Magistrate Syta Prinsloo says the State has a weak case because there is no evidence that the woman was raped by the policemen.

Killers of Pretoria mother sent to jail

By Lelethu Mquqo
14 December 2011


In a plea bargain arrangement in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court, two of the accused in the Chanelle Henning murder case have pleaded guilty to killing the Faerie Glen mother.

Suspended police detective Gerhardus du Plessis and co-accused Willem Pieterse were this morning sentenced to 18 years in jail.

Du Plessis confessed to pulling the trigger.

The pair implicated another two suspects, Ambrose Monye and André Gouws, as the men who ordered last month’s hit.

The reason for the murder is not yet clear.

Vavi says the “me first” attitude must go

By Lelethu Mquqo
14 December 2011


Zwelinzima Vavi has blamed so-called “tender-preneurship” and corruption for the divisions between the ANC and its alliance partners.

During a protest march in Polokwane, Limpopo, the Cosatu general secretary said ideology and politics were not the main reasons for the tensions.

Vavi slammed what he called the “me first” attitude prevailing in the ruling party.

He added that the starving poor could no longer be expected to have to peer through the windows while the rich feast on the fat of the land.

Beach-goers urged to be extra careful in the water

Lusanda Bill
14 December 2011


The National Sea Rescue Institute has urged beach-goers to be extra careful when taking to the water, during the festive season.

The NSRI had to deal with a number of emergency situations across the country, including drowning and boating accidents.

The NSRI's Craig Lambinon says accidents are preventable if people follow all safety precautions.

Lambinon added that parents need to be extra vigilant if their children go into the water.

Lawyers say it will be inhumane to extradite Dewani

Lusanda Bill
14 December 2011


Lawyers acting for British businessman Shrien Dewani say it will be inhumane to extradite him to South Africa.

Dewani is not attending his appeal hearing in London because he is suffering from post-traumatic stress and depression.

South African authorities want him to stand trial in Cape Town for allegedly arranging the killing of his bride, Anni, in November last year.

His lawyers argue that insufficient healthcare in South Africa could pose a risk to his life.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Archbishop Desmond Tutu discharged from hospital

Lusanda Bill
13 December 2011


Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has been discharged from hospital after he underwent a minor operation last week.

Tutu walked out of Constantiaberg Medi-clinic in Cape Town this morning.

The Desmond Tutu Peace Centre has still not said what the operation entailed.

Tutu thanked everyone who sent him flowers and get well messages over the weekend.

SIU head Willem Heath to know his fate over Thabo Mbeki comments

Lusanda Bill
13 December 2011


Newly appointed head of the Special Investigations Unit Willem Heath will know the outcome of an investigation into controversial comments he made about Thabo Mbeki by the end of the week.

Heath told newspapers last week that the former head of state initiated the corruption and rape charges against President Jacob Zuma.

Heath also said that Mbeki abused his position as President by blocking investigations into corrupt practices.

Zuma has asked Justice Minister Jeff Radebe to investigate Heath’s accusations.

Radebe says he would also look at the weight of the reports which were published in the newspapers.

Sunday Rapist case postponed until 2012

Lusanda Bill
13 December 2011


The man suspected of being the Sunday rapist will spend Christmas in jail after his case was postponed to the 1st of February in the Krugersdorp Magistrates Court today.

Jaco Steyn has been accused of kidnapping and killing Roodepoort schoolgirl Louise de Waal just before her 17th birthday this year.

He also faces 13 charges of rape, ten charges of kidnapping and six charges of sexual assault.

Magistrate Kieth Page has ordered that a report on Louise’s body be completed by the 1st of February.

SA women arrested for smuggling cocaine into Thailand

Lusanda Bill
13 December 2011


A South African woman has been arrested in Thailand after police found one-point-five kilograms of cocaine hidden in her dreadlocks.

Police say they spotted a white substance in Nobanda Nolubabalo’s hair soon after she stepped of her Qatar Airways flight at a Bangkok airport.

The cocaine has an estimated street value of one-point-two-million-Rands.

The 23-year-old apparently admitted to smuggling in the drugs, and said she had been hired to drop it off at a hotel in Thailand’s capital city.

Police captain in jail for allegedly selling ammunition

By Khanyisa Tabata
13 December 2011

Cape Town police captain will remain behind bars for at least a week while investigations continue into accusations that she had sold unlicensed ammunition while on stress leave.

The Hawks member Esmerald Bailey appeared in the Cape Town District Court yesterday on suspicion that she had also sold police uniforms.

She and her co-accused Waleed Hendricks will be back in court on the 19th of this month. Bailey has been on sick leave for three years.

Hawks spokesman McIntosh Polela said she was arrested at her home in Kensington on Friday.

Undercover officers allegedly bought ammunition from Bailey's co-accused, Wallied Hendricks, for R4000 in a city parking ground.

"He was arrested immediately after the exchange and he then led officers to her house," said Polela.

Transport minister welcomes taxi driver ruling

By Khanyisa Tabata
13 December 2011

Minister of Transport Sibusiso Ndebele has welcomed the Western Cape High Court’s finding that taxi driver Jacob Humphreys was guilty of murdering ten school pupils.

Humphreys tried to overtake a row of cars when his taxi, filled with fourteen school children, was hit by an oncoming train.

Ndebele says they will work with the police and National Prosecuting authority in ensuring a more aggressive approach towards irresponsible drivers.

He says society has degenerated to a level where some drivers continue to display blatant disregard for human life.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Cop 17 a historical success for SA

By Khanyisa Tabata
12 December 2011

The head of the South African COP17 delegation Edna Molewa, says the outcome of COP17 in Durban is a historic achievement.

She says the agreements reached will go a long way in furthering the global climate agenda.

Molewa says the deal not only significantly advances the global effort needed to address the global climate change crisis, but also sets a new long-term pathway for a balanced climate.

AfriForum slams ANC’s support of Zanu-PF

By Khanyisa Tabata
12 December 2011

AfriForum views the ANC’s declaration of support for Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party as a slap in the face.

AfriForum’s Ernst Roets says too many South Africans have been subject to human rights violations in Zimbabwe and for the ruling party to support one of the most dangerous political parties in the world is an insult.

Roets says it’s quite obvious that the ANC’s commitment does not lie with its own people.

Taxi driver found guilty of ten murder charges

By Khanyisa Tabata
12 December 2011

The driver of the taxi in which 10 children died in August last year has been found guilty on ten murder and four attempted murder charges, in the Western Cape High Court.

Jacob Humphreys, who was a Blackheath taxi driver at the time of the accident, overtook a row of cars when his taxi was hit by an oncoming train.

He was taken into custody immediately after hearing the outcome of the trial. Sentencing proceedings have been scheduled for February next year.

Meanwhile, Transport Minister, Robin Carlisle, has hailed the judgement as ‘a victory for justice, and for road safety, for the entire country.

“There are a number of cases that I am personally following very closely where speeding, drunk and negligent killer drivers have run down children in the street,” said Carlisle.

The South African National Taxi Organisation has opened a hotline to report bad driving and inappropriate behaviour by taxi drivers.

The call centre is open from 8-AM until 5-PM every day. Santaco is urging taxi users to call the hotline for cases that involve bad or drunk driving, rude behaviour and overloading.

Taxi users can call 0860-726-822 with the taxi registration, date, time and place of the offence.

Two rhinos dehorned in Worcester

By Lelethu Mquqo
12 December 2011


Two rhinos were tranquilized and dehorned at Fairy Glen Private Game Reserve in Worcester, in northern Boland this past weekend.

The rhinos survived the attack, but one of them had to have an abortion due to the strain put on her body by poachers.

Game farm owner Pieter de Jager says the rhinos had been darted with an overdose of M99, a morphine drug, and their horns were hacked off with pangas.

De Jager is appealing to the government to place strict regulation on the distribution of M99


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